An advanced, purely functional, and type-safe language to build cleaner, more reliable software.
Because types are enforced early in the development cycle, errors can be identified before code reaches the user. The type system also helps developers reason about the business domain.
Haskell helps you avoid some state related errors through its pure functions. Avoiding side effects and mutations are the main ways in which the language helps you write correct software.
The language defers any computations until the data is actually needed. This helps developers compose their functions and refactor them easily, without memory leaks or infinite loops.
According to the TIOBE Index in 2021, approximately 0.18% of the world’s programmers are using Haskell (we think that this estimate may actually be high). Why do we advocate the use of such unpopular language? We could simply quote the hockey great Wayne Gretzky: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Our actual position expands on this sentiment.
Haskell is undeniably different from languages such as Java and Ruby and we believe those differences make Haskell so relevant. Haskell’s characteristics will increasingly form a foundation for the important programming languages of the future.
Many decisions regarding which programming language to use on a project are based on flawed reasoning - we look for the languages that are the most stable and/or popular. Contrary to this common way of discerning which language to use, we look into the ones that are backed by strong theoretical foundations. Thus, working with Haskell allows us to focus on writing functional programs that are clear and secure.
While Haskell is certainly different from many mainstream programming languages, a careful observer will note that the differences are primarily in areas that have been long-studied in Computer Science. Specifically, it contains a pragmatic type system that reduces errors and facilitates time-consuming and error-prone activities such as refactoring. It contains a core that is inspired by strong mathematical principles and balanced by pragmatic experience.
Haskell’s advanced type system is ideal for applications that value safety and scalability. Its lazy approach makes it an excellent choice for performant, data-intensive software with multiple applications, such as blockchain, databases, and operating systems. Also, the proper handling of side effects in Haskell code ensures you can build concurrent code without unexpected production errors derived from race conditions.
Concise, high-level, practical, and very fast.
Enforces good functional programming practices.
Strong, healthy, and very supportive community.
An advanced type system, which provides a lot of extra safety and flexibility.
Concurrency is easy because of the safe handling of side effects.
Haskell is the perfect choice for projects that require good performance, high scalability, and security. At Stack Builders, we have extensive experience writing and maintaining Haskell applications, not only through proprietary client code but also through our commitment to improving the open-source community.
Our home-built deployment tool. It mimics Capistrano’s concepts, such as easy, atomic deployments, paired with a solid rollback strategy.
Helps the management of configuration files, keeping any sensitive data out of version control. It works both programmatically and from the command line.
A partial port of the string inflector from Ruby on Rails. Implements some common string manipulation functions, but it uses a parser to validate inputs.